Tyneside manufacturer Heraeus Quartz has completed work on a major infrastructure upgrade to support a new giant furnace at its Wallsend plant.
The gas supply and metering system will power the furnace and increase production capacity at the site. Heraeus worked with energy solutions specialists at Newcastle consultancy Orchard Energy to plan and install a new system which featured 30 metres of gas pipeline.
Dave Wareing, engineering manager at Heraeus, explained the work was an essential part of the firm’s expansion: “The pipeline increases capacity to 2,500 cubic metres of gas per hour, which will enable us to push ahead with plans to scale up production. Working with Orchard we were able to keep the gas flowing during switch-over without any disruption to supply.”
Heraeus is the world’s largest integrated quartz glass producer with eight production facilities worldwide. Quartz glass from the Wallsend site is used in computer equipment, optical fibres and laser technology.